The Space Coast of Florida is poised to get much more congested. Terran Orbital, a satellite manufacturer, has revealed plans to construct a space vehicle production facility in the area worth $300 million. According to Terran Orbital, the 660,000 square foot complex will be the world’s largest of its kind, capable of producing “thousands of different sorts of space vehicles annually.”
The plant will create upwards of 1 million satellite components per year, including 1000 entire spacecraft, according to the business. Marc Bell, who serves as the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Terran Orbital, said, “We are happy to work with Space Florida to develop a facility that we consider as the national asset: a commercially supported addition to our nation’s space industrial foundation.”
Terran Orbital was created in 2013 and currently maintains a satellite manufacturing plant in Irvine, California, with a total area of 128,000 square feet. The corporation primarily manufactures, designs, constructs, and engineers satellites for NASA and the United States Department of Defense. The new Terran Orbital plant is scheduled to open in 2025, and the business estimates that it will produce roughly 2,100 new employees with an average income of $84,000.
“By investing upwards of $300 million in new development and equipment, we will not only be ready to broaden our manufacturing capacity to meet the increasing demands for our product lines, but we are also going to bring valuable space vehicle manufacturing prospects and functionality to the State of Florida,” Bell said. According to Terran Orbital, the facility would feature 3D printing capabilities and will use additive manufacturing to quickly get space vehicles to market.
Gov. Ron DeSantis revealed the company’s plans, asserting that the new facility is going to further cement Florida’s position as a space industry leader. “Satellite production is and will remain to be a key element of the Space Coast economy, and this news ups the ante,” DeSantis said. “By spending on infrastructure, training highly qualified individuals, and preserving an economic climate which allows enterprises like Terran Orbital to thrive, Florida will continue to lead in space.” The Space Coast in Florida already has several other space-related facilities, including Redwire, Blue Origin, and SpaceX, to name a few.
The Kennedy Space Center (KSC) as well as Cape Canaveral Space Force Station is located on the Space Coast in Florida, United States. It’s one among several “themed” coasts in Florida. From Project Mercury in 1961 to the closure of the Space Shuttle initiative in 2011, all NASA-launched crewed spaceflights have flown from either KSC or Cape Canaveral.